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The week ahead


Today Connections: Revolutions.

James Watt invented the steam engine, but his name is also linked to modern office work, fertilisers, the moon landing and x-rays. Watt?

What? ! I didn't know all that, did you? Tune in and find out.

Discovery Sci Trek, 9.30pm Friday The Fred Dibnah Story. Fred decides to spend his holiday with a steam engine.

Well, we all know how strange engineers can be. Whatever you think of Dibnah's 'bluddy 'ell fire' approach, his love of engineering and boundless enthusiasm is a rare commodity.

Although it would be hard to say we need more like him - I think one's enough - we certainly need more colourful characters expounding the virtues of engineering to those who don't know.

BBC Knowledge, 6pm Celebrity Ready Steady Cook.

Proof for those among you who think the BBC has a cheek to ask for over £100 a year to churn out yet more celebrity, soap, fly on the wall, garden/home makeover, chat twaddle. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, please accept with the compliments of your public service broadcaster, prime time Friday night: Celebrity Ready Steady Cook.

Followed by Eastenders BBC1, 7pm Monday The Holiday Programme.

Mother winter draws us ever closer to her frosty bosom and the dark nights lock us in our homes as prematurely as an Edgar Alan Poe burial. Take your mind off the English winter and consider the Fiji Islands and Crete.

BBC1, 7pm Changing Rooms. Wanna watch some dandy fop fussing over wainscots, pelmets and vallances?

Your wish has been granted.

BBC1, 8.30pm Wednesday Routes: The Piccadilly Line.

Travel the 40 miles of London's longest Tube line and marvel at the history and beauty of those groovy art deco stations. I'd just like to take this opportunity to say what a marvellous job Ken Livingstone is doing. I mean, he may want to charge every driver £5 to come into London, but just look at the alternatives. The Tube is one of the most impressive undergrounds in the world, the bus service is the talk of every metropolitan city and the trains are in a league of their own. In fact, the alternatives are so attractive that those who use their cars won't mind paying the fiver at all will they ? Nurse! Nurse! my medication has run out.

Discovery Civilisation, 7pm

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